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Strategies for Essay Test Taking

By KSU Counseling Services Staff

  1. Read the directions carefully
  2. Budget your time
  3. Survey the test quickly
  4. Know exactly what the questions are asking you to do in your answer and do it
  5. Arrive at the test session promptly and bring necessary equipment
  6. Organize your answer.
  7. Be concise, but be specific
  8. Proofread your answers
  9. If you did not do well on the test, see your instructor

The 2 most common problems are:

  1. Not doing what the question asked
  2. Not having enough support for your answer

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